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Real X Head is a small Japanese company run by Mori Katsura, who makes vinyl toys. Over the years there have been a number of figures and variations released as well as collaborations with other people or stores. One such collaboration is with the store Ichiban –Boshi, which sells new and vintage vinyl toys. One of their custom figures is the subject of this review: Ryusei Ninja.

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Name: Ryusei Ninja
Line: Ichibanboshi
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Manufacturer: Real Head X Ichibanboshi
Released:
2008
Price: First released – unknown, now – $50-$60 MIB
Scale: 5.5 Inches in height
Accessories: One bandanna

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I’ve already reviewed Ryusei Ninja here. So to save from just repeating myself, this is going to be a photo review as this is a fully painted version of that same figure, now with a bandanna! I will say that this was one of my most sought after Real Head products and picked it up recently thanks to a great Yahoo Auctions Japan bidding service! For a steal as well! I’m very happy with this particular colourway as I feel that as a character the Ryusei Ninja finally comes into his own! My first fully painted Ryusei Ninja and definitely one of the best!

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Chaos Man is made by Real X Head, which is a small Japanese company run by Mori Katsura, who makes vinyl toys. Over the years there have been a number of figures and variations released as well as collaborations with other people or stores. There are a number of Mutant Chaos variants ranging in size and shape. Chaos Man is a larger sized figure and kicked off  the 8” adult sized figures from Real X Head, which have proven very popular indeed!

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Name: Chaos Man
Line: N/A
Manufacturer: Real X Head
Released: 2009
Price: First released – 6,000 YEN (guestimate). Now – varies 6,000 – 9,000 YEN
Scale: 8 Inches in height
Accessories: None.

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After buying a few Pheyaos Men, how could I not pick up at least one Chaos Man? It is the character that started the larger 8” Real Head toy series after all! So with an intention to buy at least two Chaos Men I ended up with a semi translucent red/pink version with a black rub (bought in Japan) and the subject of tonight’s review: A fully painted version (bought from the US).

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SCULPTING

I’ve partly covered what I think about the sculpting on this figure in my Pheyaos Man review. There are a couple of small differences between the two, firstly the hands have one less finger on them and secondly, but much more obviously, we have a different head. All parts have great amount of detail and it never looks like too much detail in the one place, its spread out really well. I’m a big fan of this base body and it still looks amazing even after acquiring a few Chaos Man/Pheyaos Man figures. The new Chaos head sculpt is excellent and coupled with the new body really makes the character look a lot more mature.

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PAINT

This is where this particular Chaos Man really shines for me. Beautifully blended reds, golds, silvers and blues topped off with a black rub that not only shows off the details in the sculpting, but really makes those colours pop! Masterful work with the airbrush gun on this one, by Goto-san Real Head’s one and only painter. Normally the paint application is always to a high standard, but for this one I think it’s really been pushed to the next level!

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ARTICULATION

Chaos Man has six points of articulation: head, arms, elbows and waist. All these joints are swivels and can be rotated 360 degrees. For this type of figure and the material it’s made out of, this is a great amount of articulation for the larger size. You can get a good number of subtle, yet expressive poses as well as little more extreme ones. It really is a great base body for the small, yet growing, variants and collaborations.

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ACCESSORIES

No accessories for this figure, besides the scarf/neck wrap if you can even call it an accessory. It still looks pretty cool and it’s good this was carried over from the smaller figures.

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

There are none at all – this is an adult designer toy after all. It is made very well, so there are no issues with it.

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PRICE

I paid around $100 for this particular Chaos Man, it’s a bit of a mark up, but I haven’t seen this colour way anywhere else, so sometimes with Real Head figures you do have to pay a bit more then the norm. I bought this particular Chaos Man from Vicious Fun, and as per usual I’m very happy with their customer service, packing and prompt shipping too.

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OVERALL

I enjoy this figure just as much as the Pheyaos Man version, considering they are fairly similar, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Chaos Man looks cool and the size is very impressive too. I’m very happy to be slowly building my own ‘Chaos family’. If you have any of the larger Real Head figures, you are going to need at least one Chaos Man in there as he is the starting point for all the rest.

The ever-growing Chaos Family

The ever-growing Chaos Family

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Real X Head is a small Japanese company run by Mori Katsura, who makes vinyl toys. Over the years there have been a number of figures and variations released as well as collaborations with other people or stores. One such collaboration has been with Onell Design, firstly with smaller 4” sized figures like Pheyaos mini and secondly, with the larger 8” sized Pheyaos man. Onell’s character Pheyden and RealXHead’s Mutant Chaos have been merged together in a very interesting and awesome way that has created a very cool looking toy.

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Name: Pheyaos Man
Line: N/A
Manufacturer: Real X Head
Released:
2013
Price: First released – 5,800 YEN. Now – around 8,000 YEN
Scale: 8 Inches in height
Accessories: None.

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Here is the story of this particular Pheyaos Man colour way, well at least how it found its way into my collection. I tried ordering it before going to Japan in June this year through the Mandarake website, this figure was at their Nakano store. Once ordered they have to check if it’s “in stock” or not as the figures are on display for sale as a “store front item” too besides the website.

They say it is not in stock.

I go to the store as soon as I can when I get to Japan and there it is sitting on the shelf…..

I waited until the store opened then snatched it up! I’m glad to have bought this figure I thought had escaped my grasp!

I don’t know whether it was the same one or another or if someone didn’t do their job very well when “checking the stock” but this pick up made my whole day and nothing else I bought that day of toy hunting made me feel as happy than the fact that I now owned this particular Pheyaos Man colour way!

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SCULPTING

This is one of the stand out categories for Pheyaos Man, even though he uses the Chaos Man body, with newly added weapon arm and new head, it is still a very impressive amount of detail. There is detail all over the figure and it is balanced out very well. For me, the head is the coolest part, the combination of Pheyden and Mutant Chaos looks awesome! The doll eye is once again reused and really helps the head sculpt stand out. You can definitely tell there are two characters merged together. The new weapon arm is very cool too and looks very organic. It’s as if Mutant Chaos is done sampling and now ready to fight! Overall it’s a great figure and an instant classic for me!

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PAINT

Pheyaos Man is cast in purple coloured vinyl, with mainly black and silver sprays separating each purple part. There is a little bit of extra paint added to the chest, eye and belt as well. I really like the overall colour choices for this particular Pheyaos Man, obviously with Real Heads product there are tons and tons of different colour ways. But out of all the Pheyaos Men I have this was the first one I bought and easily my favourite. I love how the purple and black work so well together with the little bits of silver highlights accenting the black sections. It’s probably just one of those deep rooted physic things seeing Skywarp is my favourite Transformer and he has very similar colour scheme. My absolute favourite part is the black spray over the face; it gives Pheyaos Man a menacing and mysterious demeanour – as always excellent paint application.

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ARTICULATION

Pheyaos Man has six points of articulation: head, arms, elbows and waist. All these joints are swivels and can be rotated 360 degrees. For this type of figure and the material it’s made out of, this is a great amount of articulation for the larger size toy. You can get a good number of subtle, yet expressive poses as well as little more extreme ones. Don’t get me wrong, this toy isn’t super articulated, but it’s not meant to be; even with just the arms down by its sides, in the so called “museum pose” it looks cool. It just has that cool factor about it.

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ACCESSORIES

No accessories for this figure, besides the scarf/neck wrap if you can even call it an accessory. Like most Real Head figures this one is pretty damn awesome just by itself, so it’s not a big deal we don’t get anything else!

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

There are none at all – this is an adult designer toy after all. It is made very well, so there are no issues with it.

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PRICE

I purchased this particular Pheyaos Man from Mandarake Nakano. As it was loose, it was most likely second hand, but that’s fine, because it’s in excellent condition. The price wasn’t too bad and I really wanted this one in my personal collection. I paid 8,000 Yen plus consumer tax so closer to 9,000 Yen. I’m pretty happy with that price. It’s been marked up a little from its original sale price, however, and unless you live in Japan it’s pretty hard to get a hold of Pheyaos Man, so with that in mind, I don’t mind paying a little extra.

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OVERALL

I’ve wanted a Pheyaos Man for a while, mainly for the awesome sculpting, but I really wanted to get one in which I was in love the with the paint application too. So I really don’t have anything bad to say about Pheyaos Man, and in case you haven’t noticed, this was a pretty biased review. I’ve got about four so far and I love every one of them; it is easily my favorite Real Head figure and one I would be very happy buying more of! If you are like me and really enjoy Real Head’s products it’s pretty much a no brainer that you need at least one Pheyaos Man in your collection.

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Mutant Chaos is made by Real X Head, which is a small Japanese company run by Mori Katsura, who makes vinyl toys. Over the years there have been a number of figures and variations released as well as collaborations with other people or stores. There are a number of Mutant Chaos variants ranging in size and shape. Mutant Chaos is meant to be a shape shifter, which why there are a lot of variants! He also has a team of fellow mutants: Mutant Head, Mutant Evil and Mutant Bigaro, who fight against an evil mutant organisation led by Akro-Kasier.

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Name: Mutant Chaos
Line: Mutant Zone
Manufacturer: Real X Head
Released: 2008 (guesstimate)
Price: First released – unknown. Now – around 5,000 YEN minimum, MIB
Scale: 5-6 Inches in height
Accessories: None.

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After my previous review of Real Head’s Fighter Chaos, I still needed to get my hands on a version of Mutant Chaos that was (A) Painted and (B) in a colourway that I really loved and thought was awesome. With the exception of an unpainted red version, I really wanted to keep the numbers down of Real Head Mutant Chaos’ in my collection, mainly due to shelf space and also wanting to keep my Real Head collection as focused as possible. I really didn’t want a sprawling mess of colourways and variants if I only care for about 50% of them after all!
Once again finding myself in Japan this past June and having limited time to toy hunt (only about 4 days here and there in total, I took the approach of hitting up Mandarake’s online store for toys I wanted (even though not everything will be listed on their site, the bulk of it is) resulting in many purchases, including the purchase of the subject of tonight’s review: a pink/purple Mutant Chaos with not only sparkles, but a black rub as well!

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SCULPTING
I was blown away by the sculpting on Fighter Chaos; I’m even more blown away with the sculpting and detail of Mutant Chaos! You have plenty of detail on every part of the body; the main torso has a lot of little details that don’t seem over done at all, it feels very well thought out. The head and arms are very similar too, they have plenty of detail, but it never feels like too much. There are plenty of lumps, grooves and texturing that stand out; the figure balances these details well. The gun or probe arm (which Chaos uses to sample new forms) looks great and stands out as it’s quite large and longer than his right arm, this can sometimes make it a bit harder to have him stand upright with his arms by his sides. The single doll eye is still one of my favourite parts! It looks great and really adds something special to Chaos. The figure is cast in a pink/purple colour but glitter appears to have been added into the vinyl before moulding, making it catch the light often as the vinyl is semi-translucent. To me, this really captures the essence of Mutant Chaos, being a shape shifter, even if his outside form is still stable, the insides are always moving and changing constantly.

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PAINT
The paint application on this figure is limited to the black rub and some small detail work. The black rub really does a great job of bringing out those details and adding a nice contrast to the colour the figure was cast in. It just really shows that a lot of the time a rub or wash is all a figure needs to bring out the best in it. The small detail work consists of a few sprays on the body which help add variety; they work quite well with the other elements. As always, expertly applied paint!

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ARTICULATION
Fighter Chaos has four points of articulation: his head can swivel 360 degrees, the same can be said about his arms and on his gun/probe arm there is a swivel joint at the elbow which also moves 360 degrees. This may not seem like much, but is fairly standard for figures from Rea X Head. You have just enough articulation to get some nice poses out of him, but not enough to ruin the sculpt. Considering these are vinyl figures, I feel the articulation we get is great and adds plenty of play value.

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ACCESSORIES
No accessories for this figure, but that’s OK. This figure is pretty damn awesome just by itself!

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS
Nothing to worry about with this figure, I can’t see any problems to watch out for, except if for some odd reason you were rough with it, the eye might fall off?

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PRICE
I purchased this Mutant Chaos from Mandarake, it was loose, so, it was most likely second hand, but that’s fine, because it’s in excellent condition. The price wasn’t too bad and even with the small shipping charge it didn’t break the bank. I don’t have too much info on the release of this particular colourway, but I have seen it on other websites for around $80 USD so it’s a steal in my book!

OVERALL
The more my Real X Head collection grows the more I find myself seeking out colourways I really want, and not just accepting what is available. I feel this need to be 100% satisfied with each particular mold and colour which is a good thing, but sometimes it takes time to find the particular colourway I’m after. As far as this particular Mutant Chaos is concerned I really like it; it seems to effortlessly express the idea of Mutant Chaos’ character and power with a few simple design choices. If you want a Mutant Chaos for your collection, make sure to really check out all the many, many colourways you can find as I’m sure you will find one or two that really look awesome and that you too must have in your collection!

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